St. Vincent Begins Work on $13M Training Center

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St. Vincent Health has broken ground on a project it says will benefit current and future health care workers throughout the Midwest. The $13.6 million William Nasser Healthcare Education and Simulation Center will house classrooms and simulation spaces including an operating room, delivery room and intensive care unit. The center honors Nasser, who St. Vincent says is known by many as Indiana's "Father of Cardiology."

The system expects the facility, which it calls the biggest of its kind in the state, to be complete by July 2018.

The simulation rooms will feature high-tech responsive manikins and equipment that it says will help train physicians, nurses, residents and other caregivers to learn to react to unusual or high-stake situations. Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Nalli says the facility will also allow healthcare professionals to "develop innovative procedures that will help improve the care and safety of our patients."

Joel Feldman, regional president of St. Vincent Indianapolis, tells Inside INdiana Business William Nasser was a "longtime innovator and visionary" at St. Vincent. "In large part, it was his vision in cardiology that allowed this hospital really to exist as it does today. He was very passionate about education and about quality in training physicians and his family's gift has made this possible in his name."

Feldman says the health system hopes the facility will become a statewide resource by providing a much higher quality of care. 

The Nassers were the lead donors for the campaign that helped fund the center. Wanda Nasser, William's wife and St. Vincent Foundation Board member, says the center will give healthcare professionals "meaningful specialized learning opportunities" to help them provide better care to St. Vincent patients.

The facility will be located on the property of the Marten House Hotel, which closed in January. St. Vincent says a new housing facility for families of patients will open in about a month.

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